Village of Sauk City has big plans for Village Hall

At a projected cost of $1.4 million, the Sauk City Village Hall remodel project is going nearly all out to reconfigure and update the building. The remodel project has long been on the village’s to do list, and at their December meeting the board heard the near-final price on project and had a few options to choose from.

Black Earth Parks Committee seeks input from public

The January 17th Parks meeting at 6 p.m. for the village of Black Earth will include a “community visioning session and public hearing.” All residents are encouraged to attend.

Parks Committee Chair Jared Brammerson explains:

Prairie du Sac’s debt worthiness rating upgraded

On December 19, 2022, Moody’s Investors Services upgraded the Village of Prairie du Sac’s general obligation debt rating to Aa3 from A1.  The rating reflects the village’s ability to repay debt and debt-like obligations. 

Black Earth electric bills going up by 3 percent

Average residential customers of the Black Earth Electric Utility will pay about $3 more per month for electric, according to an order issued last week by the Public Service Commission.

Village of Arena honors police dog “Dioge” as he retires

Arena Police Chief Nicholas Stroik, left, accepts a plaque in recognition of police dog Dioge’s service from Arena Village President Kate Reimann, right, at the December village board meeting.

The Arena Village Board, Kate Reimann, village president, and trustees Kathy Stoltz, Tami Erspamer, Kristen Shea, Melissa Bandell, Brittany Carney and Jim Doerflinger, recognized police dog Dioge with a proclamation at their December meeting:

Village of Arena makes ballot error, referendum will not take effect

The referendum approved by two votes in the November election will not be part of the Arena village budget.

Prairie du Sac and Sauk City plan village hall remodels

Both Sauk City and Prairie du Sac will start the year with new construction, namely, village hall remodels.

In Sauk City, the $1.4 million project is offset by $364,769 in American Rescue Plan funds. Village administrator Heidi Koch summarized the project:

Prairie du Sac passes budget, goes forward with fire truck purchase

The Village of Prairie du Sac approved the 2022-23 budget and levy at their meeting last Tuesday. The big story is an increase in equalized property values—$75 million in growth. This led to a 9 percent increase for the levy. The mill rate rose by four percent. A $225,000 house will pay $1,800 in taxes for the village.

Black Earth approves next year’s budget, expects 2 percent rise in taxes

The Village of Black Earth held its Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday night, approving the 2023-4 budget. Although the final figures and mill rate have not yet been calculated, the mill rate is expected to rise by 2 percent.

Black Earth passes $2.50 garbage collection fee, purchases sewer jetter

At their November meeting, the Black Earth board heard from Jeffrey Wiswell, Sr., who was hired as the interim village administrator by the village in the wake of Shellie Benish’s departure.  Wiswell gave a summary of Black Earth compared against other nearby, similar villages.


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